crowdfunding

By Jonah Comstock April 28, 2016
A new activity tracker company is about to launch a crowdfunding campaign, and this one is aimed at a very particular kind of athlete: rock climbers. The Whipper, from Portola, San Francisco-based Mbientlab, is a small clip-on device that tracks climber-specific metrics like pace, form, number of climbs, and vertical feet, as well as calculating caloric expenditure. In addition, the device will...
By Jonah Comstock April 19, 2016
The makers of SunSprite, the clip-on wearable for tracking sun exposure that raised $67,000 on Indiegogo two years ago, are looking to sell the company. Cambridge, MA-based GoodLux Technology announced today that it has contracted with MJK Partners to auction off the company's assets, including the SunSprite device business and issued and pending US and foreign patents. "We believe light tracking...
By Jonah Comstock March 24, 2016
A former Apple executive has launched an Indiegogo campaign for Cor, his two-year-old consumer blood tracking startup formerly known as Neuon. Bob Messerschmidt worked on optics and spectrometry for the Apple Watch for three years after his previous startup, Rare Light, was quietly acquired by Apple. The company already has $1 million in seed funding, according to a report in TechCrunch, but is...
By Jonah Comstock February 10, 2016
MobiHealthNews' last crowdfunding roundup wasn't too long ago, but there are already a number of new digital health apps and devices on Kickstarter and Indiegogo. Read on below for a smart water bottle and a smart baby bottle, PERS and PHRs, an activity tracker for swimming, an app for anxiety, and more. Flo Flo is a smartphone-connected noncontact thermometer. Like Withings’ recently-announced...
By Jonah Comstock October 23, 2015
Nearly a year after announcing its direct-to-consumer fitness tracker AmpStrip -- and after raising more than $500,000 on Indiegogo for it -- Fitlinxx has announced that it will not be developing AmpStrip as a fitness tracker, but rather as a medical device. The company will refund all of its nearly 4,000 backers on request. Engadget first reported the news. The news came in an update to the...
By Jonah Comstock May 26, 2015
It's been almost two months since MobiHealthNews has surveyed the mobile and digital health crowdfunding landscape, but the tide of projects hasn't slowed down. At the end of March, we looked at smart jump ropes, smart canes, two wearable thermometers, and an app-connected home blood test kit. Three out of five of those companies -- Kenkodo, Smart Rope, and STEMP -- made their goals (with the...
By Jonah Comstock February 19, 2015
Melon, the EEG-tracking headband company that raised nearly triple its initial goal in a 2013 crowdfunding campaign, has been acquired by DAQRI, an enterprise augmented reality company founded in 2010, for an undisclosed amount. DAQRI's CEO Brian Mullins announced the acquisition from the keynote stage at the 4D Expo, an event hosted by the company. DAQRI is working on something it calls "4D," a...
By Jonah Comstock January 30, 2015
The past few weeks have been good to digital health projects on crowdfunding platforms Indiegogo and Kickstarter. While some of the nine projects below are the latest in a long line of takes on the wristworn activity tracker, others facilitate the tracking of temperature, blood glucose, sleep, or concussions. And most of these projects have already surpassed their funding goals. Read on to see...
By Jonah Comstock December 17, 2014
Over the last two months, crowdfunding campaigns have launched for numerous smartwatches and fitness wearables, as well as a number of more health-specific devices. These devices purport to help track eating behavior, heart health, dental health, sleep, and even cancer detection. Some devices aim to track health holistically, and the list even includes a smart water bottle meant to help users...
By Jonah Comstock October 14, 2014
There seems to be a pattern emerging among health and fitness devices that do well on crowdfunding platforms: Break a record with your campaign, then ship your device several months late. Pebble broke Kickstarter's funding record, then took more than a year to ship all its backer devices. Misfit Shine raised $100,000 in less than 10 hours on Indiegogo, then delayed its ship date from spring to...